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Non-selective at 3 – first come first served and increasingly over-booked, almost reaching London frenzy levels (including occasional pre-pregnant enquiries). Big on purposeful technology – Wifi up and running, iPads for all children in years 4 to 6; deliberate mix of Macs and PCs ‘so children bi-lingual’ and Kodu so widely used that ‘should be official foreign language.’ Sport broadly split along trad gender lines, but it’s permeable – current year 5 rugby and football star player is a girl, while Zumba and gymnastics…

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What the school says...

A thriving, contemporary prep school providing outstanding academic development across a diverse curriculum. The ‘Excellent’ rating (ISI 2016) reflects an emphasis on each child reaching their potential and a Growth Mind-set ethos which ensures a determination to succeed through hard work and resilience.
Excellent pastoral care and impressive provision of sport, drama and IT ensures a stimulating and nurturing environment where children can gain confidence and develop potential. School life is further enhanced through a wide range of exciting extra-curricular activities. ...Read more

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2005, Mr Marcus Culverwell (40s). Previously deputy head (joined school in 2003). Before that, head of science, then director of studies, then deputy head at Lancing College Junior. A local boy, he was educated first at Caterham, then Archbishop Tenison’s sixth form after squeeze on family finances. Sporty, science-y and spiritual. ‘Very Christian,’ says a parent.

Teenage years dominated by dreams of joining Aviation Mission Fellowship – dashed when failed final stage of commercial pilot training. Studied aeronautical engineering at Hertford followed by MA at Brunel. With dearth of jobs in industry, teaching was originally intended as stopgap career but rapidly became something far more. He realised that he wanted to work with younger children when, while combining teacher training with spell on staff at Cardiff FE college, he...

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